How Long Can A Muskie Fish Get in the USA


Muskellunge can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour and live for as long as 30 years. The heaviest published weight for muskellunge is 31.8 kg (70 lbs.) SIZE: Muskellunge commonly obtain lengths of around 95 cm (37.4 inches). The maximum recorded length for muskellunge is 183cm (72 inches).

What’s the largest muskie ever caught?

The world record was taken from Lake Court Oreilles in Hayward, Wisconsin, on July 24, 1949 by Cal Johnson. The Ontario record Muskie weighed 65 pounds and measured 58 inches in length with 30.5 inches in girth.

How old is a 50 inch musky?

The length of muskie can say a lot about the age. It reaches a body length of 11 inches after their first year of life. By age of 7 they reach 34”, 40” by age 9 and 50 inches by age 17.

Which is bigger pike or muskie?

Muskie and Pike are often around the same size. However, Muskie do grow to be much bigger than Pike. The average Pike is less than two feet, while Muskie regularly hit twice that size. The IGFA record for Pike stands at just over 55 pounds, 12 pounds short of the record for Muskie.

What is a good size muskie?

The muskies are just icing on the cake. But to answer the question I would say the following: 40″ to 45″ is a quality size fish. 46″ to 49″ is a big size fish.

Are muskie good eating fish?

In the end, muskie fish is indeed edible, but do remember about its high mercury levels and do not consume it more than once per month. Women who want to have children and children should avoid muskie fish altogether. Muskie can be a decent dish to have every once in a while, but definitely not as a primary fish dish.

Do muskie bite humans?

What Caused These Fish to Attack? Similar to many of the cases we see with sharks, Pike and Muskie attacks can often be chalked up to mistaken identity. This is why the vast majority of Pike and Muskie attacks occur when only small sections of the body, such as fingers and toes, can be seen by the fish.

Why are muskie so rare?

Pike usually spawn first, but once in a great while a Pike will spawn late enough to match the Muskie spawn and presto – the Tiger Muskie. Tigers grow faster than either pure strain parent and are usually infertile – part of what makes them so rare. Muskies are rare, but we do see a few each season.

What eats a muskie?

Predators. Adult muskellunge are apex predators where they occur naturally. Only humans pose a threat to an adult but juveniles are consumed by other muskies, northern pike, bass, trout, and occasionally birds of prey.

Why do muskies swim with head out of water?

Muskellunge have also been seem “basking” and occasionally “porpoising” with their backs out of the water. This is suspected to be associated with getting to warmer surface water, perhaps to increase metabolism and aid digestion of a large meal (reptiles seek warmth for similar reasons).

Do muskie eat ducks?

Muskies can consume waterfowl (adult & young) as part of their regular diet. Ducklings can be a common food source for muskies. Muskies will eat a duckling when the opportunity presents itself. Young ducklings, in fact, have been observed being snatched up by muskies, northern pike, bass, and even large catfish.

How big do tiger muskies get?

The tiger muskie is renowned as a sport fish because it can reach sizes over 130 cm (50 in) long. They can be caught in lakes and reservoirs in locations with plenty of forage.

Do muskie eat frogs?

Turns out muskies eat more FROGS than walleye, too. That said, the northern WI lakes in this study had plenty of walleye to eat, and they still weren’t the meal of choice. Now suckers and perch on the other hand.

How heavy is a 50 inch muskie?

MuskieLength To Weight Conversion Chart 49 in 36.97 pounds 50 in 39.54 pounds 51 in 42.23 pounds 52 in 45.05 pounds 53 in 48.00 pounds.

What is a trophy muskie?

The size of fish that defines a trophy is relative of course. All of the 45 inch muskies are a trophy for most areas of the United States; I don’t think many guides in Canada would consider it to be one. But across most of the musky fishing world, 50 inches and/or 30 pounds have become the benchmark.

Do muskies eat bass?

Muskie Behavior and Food Preferences:Feeding studies have shown that other fish make up 95-98% of the Muskies diet, although at times they will also eat Insects, Crayfish, small mammals, and Waterfowl. Fishermen have reported Muskies attacking Bass and Walleye as they were being reeled in.

Are muskie endangered?

Least Concern (Population stable).

Where do muskies live in lakes?

HABITAT: Muskellunge inhabit clear vegetated lakes, quiet pools, and the backwaters of creeks and small to large rivers. They have been known to prey upon ducklings, muskrats, and snakes. DIET: Young muskellunge feed on minnows, small gizzard shad and other small fish.

Can a musky bite your finger off?

No, it could not. Its teeth are simply not strong enough to bite through a human finger bone. Do not try to instinctively pull out your finger or hand, but try to open the pike’s mouth again first!Nov 11, 2021.

Can muskie live in ponds?

everything we’ve caught has come out of ponds. Big walleye, 20″+ smallies, 20″+ largemouth. A muskie or two would have no problem adjusting. And if you look at the size of the walleyeit’s been doing fine in a 10 acre pond for some time.

Is it hard to catch a muskie?

Muskies are known as the “fish of 10,000 casts” for a reason. An elusive predator with razor-sharp teeth and a picky pallet, specific gear is needed to fish for the muskellunge — they reach up to five feet long, and can put up a strong fight against the most seasoned of anglers, including Animal Planet’s Jeremy Wade.

By kevin

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